Gunning for speeders
Campaign by youngsters
Speeding Shotts motorists felt the young arm of the law last week.
Shotts Police Scotland Youth Volunteers were out in the town along with councillors to highlight their speeding campaign.
As residents of Shotts and the surrounding areas, the youths were aware of the speeding problem and wanted to do something about it.
PC Susan Rooney said: “Several of the worst areas were identified and arrangements were made with the Local Problem Solving Team to assist with the campaign.
“The two areas covered were Springhill Road, Shotts and Main Street, Harthill.
Leaflets and advice were handed out by the PSYV to the drivers who were stopped by uniformed officers.
“The response from the drivers who were stopped and advised regarding their speed was positive and due to the success of this event several other days will be planned and areas identified.
“Everyone involved enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to further campaigns.”
Volunteers took the chance to have a go at the speed gun along with councillors Martin McCulloch, Clare Quigley and Tommy Cochrane.
New minister Rev Jonathan Abernethy-Barkley also took the chance to come along.
The Shotts PSYV was established in August last year and currently has 16 members aged between 13 and 15.
They will be recruiting new members in August when the schools return from their summer break.
PC Rooney added: “The maximum number of volunteers we can have is 24 and they can stay with us until they are 18. So far it has been a real success. There is a similar scheme in Hamilton but the Shotts PSYV has really taken off.
“Parents have been telling us that since their children have joined us their self confidence has improved and they are enjoying their experience.”
Adult volunteer Mags Murphy with guide dog Percy
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